In excelsis Deo: Music from the time of the War of the Spanish Succession | Alia Vox AVSA9924

In excelsis Deo: Music from the time of the War of the Spanish Succession

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Label: Alia Vox

Cat No: AVSA9924

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th October 2017

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In the context of the War of the Spanish Succession, the duty of any composer was to celebrate not only the greatness of a deity in religious pieces, but also the power of their sponsors. Jordi Savall invites us to relive the creation of two dazzling masterpieces of polychoral music: the Missa Scala Aretina by Francesc Valls (one of the last pieces to make overt reference to Guido of Arezzo’s famous hexachord) and the Mass for 2 Choirs and Orchestras by Henry Desmarest. The surface of the music is immediately engaging: it is a beguiling mixture of old and new, full of incidence, with choir, soloists and parts for strings and trumpet. Jordi Savall and his ensembles pay due homage to these masterpieces.

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